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One of the best parts of any folk festival is the opportunity to engage in what’s going on and to get in on the dancing, music playing, art making, and so much more. CityFolk is no exception! You’ll find opportunities to immerse yourself all around the festival – we encourage you to take the plunge!

Here are just a few of the many options for participating at the festival:


Whether you’re a big kid or a small one, there’s something for you at CityFolk! The BSOMA KidZone is open from 2-6PM on Saturday and Sunday with family-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, playing a variety of musical instruments & more. Come and bring the kids or discover the kid inside you!


Silent Auction

Be sure to check out the brand new Silent Auction this year and help us raise money for the Bluesfest School of Music and Art! BSOMA brings music into the lives of children in need across Ottawa and is located at Festival House, which also hosts the CityFolk office. 

CityFolk, in conjunction with RBC Bluesfest, delivers music education programs to children across Ottawa. We believe all children should have a chance to experience music in their developmental years, and as a non-profit organization, we strive to deliver these programs in an affordable and accessible manner.

Silent auction items include one-of-a-kind memorabilia, gift cards and baskets from local businesses, and other delightful experiences.

CityFolk 50/50 Draw

More Info: CityFolk Onsite 50/50 Electronic Raffle

Buy a ticket for your chance to win half the pot!  Tickets can be purchased via the above link or onsite from 50/50 volunteers. Winning numbers will be posted daily on our website and at the 50/50 headquarters inside Aberdeen Pavilion. 

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Ogilvie Subaru

Ogilvie Subaru is proud to be the 2019 title sponsor of CityFolk’s VIP Zone. We invite you to come and visit our Ogilvie Subaru activation and check out our new vehicles!

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Visit Lyft at CityFolk to learn about the newest, greenest and safest ridesharing service to enter Ottawa. Come meet the team, win some rides, and take home some unique giveaways.

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Autograph Tent

Imagine chatting with your favourite acts after they put on a memorable performance!  Visit the Autograph Tent when you’re on site for each day’s schedule of artist autograph sessions, and don't forget to stop by the Merch Tent for their latest release or custom swag to wear year-round. Obviously bring your camera , the photo opportunities are endless!

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